While the badminton community is in the midst of waiting for the start of Thomas Cup and Uber Cup in New Delhi, BadmintonPlanet.com has something else to spice you up.
Illegal bettings, walkovers, and match throwings present an increasing threat to the credibility of badmintonIllegal bettings, walkovers, and match throwings present an increasing threat to the credibility of badminton
A study of sports betting, corruption and match-fixing produced by the Qatar-based International Center for Sport Security and the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, estimates organized crime launders $140 billion (100 billion euros) each year by betting on sport events such as football (soccer), cricket, badminton and other sports.
Badminton "successfully" made it to the list as one of the example of "match of shame" even though it may or may not relate to sport betting. If you still remember, in London's 2012 Olympic games, four pairs of badminton women's doubles were disqualified from the London 2012 Olympics when players clearly throwing matches in order to make their progression in the tournament easier.
The report indicated football and cricket are the largest sports targeted by these betting groups, other sports such as snooker, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, motor racing, boxing, badminton and handball are following closely behind.
BadmintonPlanet.com hope Badminton World Federation would impose strict regulations and harsh punishment against countries that produce a lot of unnecessary walkovers, and or to have its players throwing matches for improving its chances of winning the gold.